Perseids To Peak Saturday Night
Prince George, B.C. – The annual August late night light show called the Perseid Meteor shower, will peak late Saturday night.Royal Astronomical Society – Prince George Centre President Blair Stunder says there is a perfect way to describe what the night sky will produce “Imagine driving through a snow storm with your high beams on.”
The streaks of light that will race across the night sky are courtesy the trail of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. The light created as that debris creates an ionization trail when it enters Earth’s atmosphere.
There are two things that may impact just how good a show this will be. The moon will be 3/4 full, and the moonlight will make it near impossible to see the fainter meteors, and then there is the possibility of cloud cover.
None the less, the Observatory on Tedford Road will be open at 9 Saturday night to welcome night sky watchers. And Stunder says there will be a bonus celestial sighting “At 9:30 to 10 o’clock, we will also be able to view Saturn in the south skies with the big scope until it gets dark enough to see the meteor shower.”
Last year, 250 showed up at the observatory to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Stunder says although the parking lot at the Observatory has been increased, parking is limited. If you are not able to head to the observatory, head to an area where there is not a lot of light pollution, bring along a lawn chair, (preferably one that reclines) and look to the east, north east, about 45 degrees above the horizon.
The Perseids have been showing themselves for the past week and a half says Stunder, “But they have been pretty sporadic, the peak point will be Saturday night into Sunday morning.”